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The Village and Castle of Squillace

Between the Alessi and Ghetterello rivers, in a hilly area close to the Ionian coast of Catanzaro, lies a village named Squillace of noble and ancient origins.

Legend has it that Ulysses, returning to Ithaca after the Trojan War, landed on this stretch of coastline due to a storm, at which point he founded Skyllation. The Greek town, fruitful and powerful from a commercial point of view, passed under Roman domination in 123 AD, taking on the name of Scolacium. Today, the Archaeological Park dedicated to this period allows you to admire the ruins and ancient urban layout, rich in typical features of the Capitoline colonies.

Located 15 kilometres from this site, at 344 metres above sea level, is the current village of Squillace, offering a breath-taking view of the gulf of the same name. Amongst the characteristically narrow and steep alleyways, under the worked stone portals are quaint houses in soft tones and grand hubs of religious life, such as the Gothic church or the Cathedral in neoclassical style.

Dominating the entire town from above is the Norman Castle, dating back to circa 1044.  The fortress was constructed in the most flourishing period of the village’s history from an economic, political and administrative perspective, bearing witness to the strategic and defensive role it assumed over the centuries.

Centuries-old traditions, such as the art of ceramics, the folkloristic events and religious celebrations ensure the charm of Squillace every day of the year.


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